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  • read-​thru/write-​thru cached generic list?

    i've been thinking about an abstract data structure that seamlessly caches a list of Something and exposes overrides like OnSomethingAdded, OnSomethingDeleted, OnSomethingUpdated for you to handle the persistence to a backing datastore. GetSomethingById(), GetAllSomethings(), AddOrUpdateSomething(), etc... methods on the list would do the standard caching patterns like checking whether the Something was in the list by key and acting on it, if not, then it would try to find it in the database by key, if it's found then it would add it to the list and return the Something or null. has someone already built something like this? time to expire and linq support against the list would be nice too. i'm sure the full-fledged orms have already figured this out, but i'm looking for something light-weight.

  • iOS 8 doing JS JIT

    sounds like a win for everybody (more options are always good). does this means that xamarin devs could also just use the native webview control as a shim for hosted html5/js apps and get the same speed benefits?

    * edit * i guess the native webview would have always used safari, so no new benefit with that. it sounds like the real benefit would be for 3rd party browsers.

  • xamarin 3

    @cbae: yikes, i can probably talk some higher ups into buying in, but those licensing terms would def be cost prohibitive if i were just starting out or wanting to play around with it as a hobbyist. i think they are squarely targeting enterprise with those terms. also, i'm not a fan of subscription based licensing.

    re: html/js... if someone came up with a ui abstraction that would mimic, pixel-by-pixel, the respective native controls' appearance and behavior, then i'd be all over it.

  • xamarin 3

    this looks like a huge update. xamarin.forms + the visual ui builder in VS is the holy grail for cross platform app development. can't wait to play around with it!



  • First Firefox OS phone finally for sale

    performance-wise, native will beat the pants off of anything interpreted, but FirefoxOS may be betting on the idea that it should be good enough for most basic apps. 'inferior' tech can succeed through ubiquity.

  • First Firefox OS phone finally for sale


    is that feasible?

  • The story of the Windows XP background

    it really is the best default desktop image. universally appealing (who doesn't have grass and sky?), nothing controversial, enough detail to be interesting and pretty, but enough solid colors to easily read text under the desktop icons. i wonder how much he made on the outright sale and whether it would have been better for him to get a royalty per use? i'm thinking yes :)

    very interesting video... thanks for sharing.

  • js/dom templating from generics?

    i was just thinking how tedious it is to manually write out your templating js and dom for rich viewmodels. anyone know of t4 templates or other kind of scaffolding that you can use in the client after building up your complex viewmodel? i guess it'd be dependent on your templating library... my 1st thought was to extend object or List and use reflection/recursion to figure out which levels should be iterated over? just seems like someone may have already done this for the more popular templating libs / data-binding frameworks.

  • Microsoft open sources Roslyn compiler suite

    interesting... can anyone explain what they think the short term and long term practical outcomes of this move will be?

  • Understandi​ng the XBox One

    building apps for the living room against kinekt is definitely an exciting prospect. i bet there are entire classes of applications that haven't been thought of yet.